Community based public art.
Explore our five acre campus to enjoy a series of outdoor site-specific artwork installations by local artists. The artwork can all be viewed from the safety and comfort of your own vehicle by driving through the Alliance for the Arts parking lot. Visitors can also get out of their cars and explore the artwork more closely on foot.
“We wanted to create a safe place for people to enjoy the visual arts. Visitors can take the opportunity to get outside, out from behind a screen or device and interact with artwork in an outdoor setting.” says Gallery Director, Ehren Gerhard.
If you’re visiting after dark, make sure and check out our Outdoor Projection Mural facing McGregor Blvd!
Artwork Currently on Display:
James Futral is a sculptor, working in a variety of materials including metal, wood and ceramics. Three sculptures from his animal series are on display, each made from primarily recycled materials.
Nick Masiello is a mixed media and graffiti artist who specializes in abstract expressionist works in aerosol acrylic. For this project, he recently created a large scale custom mural on a storage trailer located on the Alliance campus.
Special thanks to South Fort Myers Home Depot store #276 for their donation to this project!
Roseline Young is a fiber artist who works in hand weaving, art quilting, fabric dyeing and painting. She is exhibiting two collaborative installations from her “Art Speaks for the Earth” project which engage viewers by their beauty and powerful environmental statements.
Annette Brown, “Hearts and Souls Walk Together”: July-August 2020
In the beginning weeks of the Corona Virus stay at home order, artist Annette Brown was not feeling particularly inspired. Normally a very creative and productive person, Annette was struggling to feel motivated to make anything. After a conversation with a friend, she realized this was a time to come together in spirit. Thoughts running through her head were that we are in this together, but we are all walking alone. So it all started with shoes. She reached out to some thrifty friends in her neighborhood and they started painting their worn shoes. This project began with only four pairs of shoes! Over the coming weeks they added more and more shoes from their closets and enlisted friends to do the same. Contributors were encouraged to decorate their shoes and write messages of hope and their emotions on then as well.
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN! We now ask our community to continue the project. Express yourself and add your emotions, hopes, dreams or fears. ANYTHING GOES! Have fun with your personal expression. Your creative process will relieve stress and anxiety while being part of something in our community! Art makes you feel good. WE ARE ALL ARTISTS AND EXPRESSING YOURSELF HELPS!
Outdoor Plywood Art Gallery: July-September 2020
Artists were provided with a 24x24in sheet of plywood to mount, paint, cut, embellish, spray, assemble or build their creation into whatever they wanted. There was no “theme” for this project but artists were asked to express their creative spirit, have fun, go wild and take chances! This is what they came up with!
Participating Artists: Theodore Bertz, Mina Bobel, Julie Camp, Pat Collins, Judith Fletcher, Del Holt, Krista Johnson, Leo Johnson, Caren Pearson, Lorraine Weiss, Africa Valdez.
For more information or price inquiries contact Gallery Director, Ehren Gerhard at email@example.com